TITLE=NORTH KOREA COVERAGE / REUNIONS L-ONLY
INTRO: South Korea's Unification ministry says North
Korean broadcasters have provided unusually in-depth
coverage of this week's reunions of families separated
since the Korean War. VOA's Alisha Ryu has the
details from our Asia News Center.
TEXT: The Unification ministry, which is monitoring
broadcasts of North Korea's coverage of the reunions,
says the communist North's coverage has been accurate
and surprisingly open.
Unification officials say North Korea's two major
radio stations ran extensive broadcasts of the tearful
reunions that took place this week in Seoul and
Pyongyang. The officials say commentators for the
state-run North Korean Central Broadcasting Station
were effusive in their descriptions of the reunions,
calling the meetings important steps in relieving the
pain of national division.
But ministry officials say the North Korean broadcasts
were not completely devoid of propaganda. The
broadcasts reportedly emphasized that South Korean
families expressed heartfelt gratitude to North Korean
leader Kim Jong Il for arranging the meetings.
The family reunions brought 100 South Koreans to the
North and 100 North Koreans South to visit family for
the first time since war tore them apart 50 years ago.
The visits were arranged as part of a reconciliation
agreement struck between North Korean Leader Kim Jong
Il and South Korean President Kim Dae-jung during
their landmark June summit in Pyongyang.
South and North Korea are, technically, still at war
since the Korean War ended without a peace treaty in
17-Aug-2000 07:18 AM EDT (17-Aug-2000 1118 UTC)
Source: Voice of America
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